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2014 Gift Guide: Fantasy Floorplans

In: Charge It, Donovan, TV Shows
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Do you have someone on your Christmas list that knows what fictional characters lives at 6151 Richmond Street, Miami, Florida, 155 Riverside Drive, Apt. 9C, NY, NY or 945 Grove Street, Apt. 20, NY, NY?

If you answered ‘yes,’ then these are the perfect gifts for the television fanatic in your life. In case you were wondering, the aforementioned addresses were the homes of the Golden Girls, Will & Grace and Friends.

Artist Brandi Roberts’s floorplans are purely fictional but are guaranteed to be a conversation starter. Her fantasy blueprints are hand-drawn with pen on paper and reproduced on a high-quality acid free matte paper and come in multiple sizes. They’ve been featured on NBC’s Today Show and BuzzFeed to name a couple. Personally, I purchased a couple myself.

Click here to purchase them and/or check out more floorplans. She has over 125 floorplans to choose from. For more info about the artist, click here.

BooHoo.com Launches Menswear Line

In: Charge It, Donovan, Fashion
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Are you a fashionisto always on the hunt for a stylish find? If so, definitely check out BoohooMan. The UK online retailer aimed at fashion conscious women first launched in 2006. This year, they expanded their brand by launching its first in-house collection for fashion-forward individually minded guys. The company is growing rapidly both at home and internationally. They recently launched this side of the pond and with free shipping to boot.

“Menswear has become much more fashion-focused and boohooMAN echoes that change,” says Shane Chin, BoohooMAN head designer. “It’s an exciting time to be part of the boohoo brand. Our focus continues to be on creating key wardrobe staples, while offering a broad spectrum of product at really great prices.”

BoohooMan boasts a large selection of exclusive on-trend looks inspired by the runways, international tastemakers and metropolitan streets. Every week, hundreds of styles debut on the site. The best part of all… all their looks retail for under $100. Think TopMan but more affordable and easy on the purse strings. I’ve already placed several items in my shopping cart. Check out more stylish looks from their recent line below. Happy shopping everyone.

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Last year’s swag bag reportedly kicked in at around the $45,000-$48000 range, representing a five-year low. Even if they don’t win an Oscar statue, all the 86th Academy Award nominees will walk away with goods in excess of $80,000. Apparently, Distinctive Assets (the company chosen to put the gift bags together) were inundated this year with requests from a long list of vendors eager to participate.

“This year we had so many vendors approach the team at Distinctive Assets wanting to be a part of the gift bag,” a company spokesperson told the Business Insider. “There are also several luxury items included which really boost up the value.”

The most expensive item on this year’s list is a $16,000 voucher for a hair restoration procedure from Chicago surgeon William Yates. On the flip side, the cheapest is a hair-clogging product worth around $6.49. The most random, IMHO, is a trip to Vegas worth roughly $9,000. It involves a meet and greet with Boyz II Men. Did I just step into a time machine and we’re in the 90s again.

I fully expect several items to be re-gifted to assistants, house staff, drivers etc. Can you see Leonardo DiCaprio using reusable dry cleaning bags? Whether they keep them or given them away, all items are taxable. Check out some other swag bag items below.

check out the entire list of contents after the jump

Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipes

In: Charge It, Donovan
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Excited for Valentine’s Day? Are you going out for a romantic dinner with someone special? Hosting a classy singles soiree at your place? Perhaps spending some quality alone time is in order?

Whatever you have planned, the fun quotient always goes up with a tasty cocktail in hand. Our friends over at Cruzan, Laphroaig and Basil’s Hayden sent over delicious drink recipes for us to share. Check them out below and always remember to drink responsibly.

more recipes after the jump

Top2Bottom: The All-Gay Card Game

In: Charge It, Patrick, Totally GAY!
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Recently while pre-funking at Donovan’s house, a group of us played a hilarious new “all-gay” card game called Top2Bottom. If you’ve ever played Cards Against Humanity, this is similar to that except for the gays. If you’ve never played either of these games, get on it and brace yourself for some jaw-dropping, laugh out loud fun.

“Top2Bottom is the first gay card game of its kind – created for the gays, by the gays. This game is just as outrageous & dirty as you and your friends… maybe even dirtier. As simple to play as spotting a closeted republican, one player draws a pink card and reads it aloud, and each remaining player chooses one fierce white card to answer. To come out on top be the first player to pull out with six pink cards.”

You can order your own Top2Bottom game from their website here. It’s only 25 bucks for the 500 cards (125 Pink Question cards and 375 White Answer cards). Check out the rules and more pictures below.

Rules for basic bitches after the jump…

Tasty Holiday Season Drink Cocktails

In: Charge It, Donovan, Random Reads
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Today marks the official start to the hectic holiday season. Love this time of year. Being the good little hospitable gay that you are, I’m sure you’re hosting some sort of party in December. Whether it’s an open house, an intimate orphan Christmas dinner or a New Year’s extravaganza, I have a few tasty drink recipes you should give a try. I have a cocktail recipe to suit the tastebuds of any guest you’ll be entertaining.

The EFFEN Toasted White Cranberry and Sauza Cider Hot Toddy are perfect to accompany a lovely holiday feast or fireside conversation. The EFFEN Salted Caramel Chai Sangria brings just the right amount of spice to a traditional sangria cocktail, perfect for cutting that winter chill.  Mix up a batch that serves 20 and keep your guests happy all night long!  The Orange Truffle Delight is also the perfect accompaniment to any party and a breeze to whip up for multiple people in a flash. Check them all out below.

EFFEN® Toasted White Cranberry

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  • 1 1/2 parts EFFEN® Salted Caramel Vodka
  • 1 3/4 parts White Cranberry Juice
  • 1/4 part Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 part Simple Syrup
  • Garnish: Toasted Coconut Flakes

Instructions
In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

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MADONNA’S HARD CANDY FITNESS® OPENS ITS DOORS IN TORONTO

New club location in the city’s downtown core now accepting memberships!

Hard Candy Fitness®, the global luxury fitness brand in partnership with Madonna and New Evolution Ventures (NeV), today announced the October 31st opening of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto located at 382 Yonge Street. The exquisite 42,000 sq. ft. facility is the brand’s first club in North America and the largest of all current Hard Candy Fitness gyms whose current locations include Rome, Sydney, Santiago, Mexico City, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia, and Berlin.

“We are very excited about the opening of Toronto’s new Hard Candy Fitness,” said Leonard Schlemm, chairman and co-owner, of Hard Candy Fitness Toronto. “The club is in one of the city’s most beautiful condominium towers in arguably the most vibrant neighborhood in Toronto.”

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Fourth of July Drink Recipes

In: Charge It, Donovan

Happy Fourth of July to our American readers today. Hope ya’ll having a great holiday. In your honor, I decided to reach out to our friends at Sauza Tequila and Effen Vodka for a few tasty drink recipes to enjoy on Independence Day.

If the following cocktails are too fancy for your liking, my recommendation is to try Sauza’s newest innovation, the Sauza Sparkling Margarita. It’s perfect when you’re looking to spend less time behind the bar and more time entertaining.  Simply chill, pour and pop in a festive straw! As always, drink responsibility and don’t drink and drive.

Sauza® Stars and Stripes Margarita

7 1/2 parts Sauza® Blue Silver 100% Agave Tequila*
4 1/2 parts Dekuyper® Blue Curacao
1 13 ounce can frozen lemonade
1 light beer

Method: Combine all ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice. Serve over ice, with or without salt, garnish with a lime wedge or twist and enjoy! Salud! (Serves 7)

more drink recipes after the jump

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